UN Report on the Human Rights Situation of Indigenous Peoples in the United States

This report by the UN Special Rapporteur (or special expert) on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, examines the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in the United States based on information gathered during a visit April-May 2012. The report concludes that indigenous peoples in the United States – including American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples – constitute vibrant communities that have contributed greatly to the life of the country; yet face significant challenges related to widespread historical wrongs, including broken treaties and acts of oppression, and misguided government policies, that today manifest themselves in various indicators of disadvantage and impediments to the exercise of their individual and collective rights.

Author: 
James Anaya
Publication Date: 
Aug 30, 2012